J-1 Students


Academic Training is work, training, or experience related to a student’s field of study. Appropriate activities vary over disciplines. Academic Training may involve sequential or simultaneous activities, either paid or unpaid, with several employers, U.S. or foreign, provided the application and approval procedures are followed for each employer and activity, and the time limits are not exceeded. You will need to make an appointment with an International Student and Scholar Advisor to discuss the procedure for applying for academic training.


A J-1 student may be eligible for academic training if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Academic Training cannot be granted for a period longer than the time spent studying.
  2. The student has continually maintained status.
  3. The student is in a good academic standing (2.0 GPA or greater).
  4. Academic Training must be done with a specific employer or training site, and be directly related to the major field of study listed on the DS-2019.

Academic Training Guide (PDF)